Review: Triumph by Kate Pearce


3 stars

Read on 9th April 2022.

Synopsis: 

Rehz Akran has had enough of the Tribute program and its sadistic overseer, Palk. When Palk captures Rehz’s mate, Anna Lee, and offers her and Aled Price to the Ungrich for further research, Rehz is ready for rebellion. But first, with the help of Kai Mexr—who wants Aled back just as much as Rehz wants Anna—he must break into the Ungrich world, rescue Anna, and discover why they want her so badly.

The chilling answer to that question lies in Anna’s forgotten origins—origins that Aled shares. To save their lovers, Rehz and Kai must take on Palk and a government that is more than willing to sacrifice Anna and Aled to keep the peace.

The two couples join forces—in more ways than one—and together they discover that they may be capable of defeating two civilizations and changing the course of Mitan history forever.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: Dubious Consent, Non-Consent, Explicit Violence, Heavy Kink.

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Review: Retribution by Kate Pearce


Retribution by Kate Pearce
3 stars

Read on 8th April 2022.

Synopsis: 

Cheated out of his exit from the Tribute program, Kai Mexr is forced to return as a trainer for one more year. His trainee, Aled Price, is an idealistic Mitan patriot who Kai struggles not to loathe on sight, and who seems up for any challenge Kai sets him. As Aled learns to give up control and endure the program’s worst, Kai is drawn into an intense sexual game that leaves him wanting more.

But then Aled must fulfill his duty as Tribute. He must endure the Ungrich—or die.

When Aled returns, it takes Kai’s ruthless presence to pull his trainee back from the brink of madness. Surviving the Ungrich makes Aled doubt his blind allegiance to his planet—and to everything else he’d never thought to question. But with Kai at his side, Aled finds a new cause to believe in. And with the help of master trainer Akran and his partner Anna Lee, Aled and Kai forge unbreakable allegiances of blood, sex, and love that could save the entire planet from the Ungrich for good.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: Dubious Consent, Non-Consent, Explicit Violence, Heavy Kink.

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Reblog: Writing a Novel in 3 Months – Is It Crazy?


Interesting thoughts on writing a novel in 3 months.

E.J. Robison

If you’re a writer and you don’t follow Reedsy, what are you doing?

Seriously, Reedsy is an incredible resource. It’s kind of hard to define exactly what it is because it’s pretty much everything a writer needs! Their blog talks about everything writing-related, from how to come up with a story idea to where and how to get your book published, not to mention all of the resources they provide, like worksheets and writing prompts. They even host small writing contests all the time! They also have courses you can take on writing and publishing topics. And they host live interviews on all sorts of writing things with various authors. There’s even a marketplace where writers, editors, designers, and more can offer their services and others can buy them! (I’m actually in the process of joining the marketplace as a writer, ghostwriter, and/or editor, so I’ll keep you updated…

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Review: No Guts, No Girl


3 stars

Read from 12 April 2021 to 5 March 2022.

Synopsis: 

SHE IS HIS DREAM WOMAN AND THE START OF HIS WORST NIGHTMARE…
Multi-phobic Linus has never been big on courage. It’s why he loves his job in the library. No noise, no shouting, no stress. The only flaw: no chance he’ll ever catch the attention of his dream woman, art student and book lover Melba from Italy.

But what could possibly go wrong if he only pretends to be a hero? An awful lot. He could…
– attract the attention of the Mafia
– be framed for a crime he didn’t commit
– amass mortal enemies

And yet, what if she only pretends to be a good girl?

Can Linus find the courage to sort out the mess he’s in, unmask the real culprit, and get his happily-ever-after? Or will someone close the book on romance and him for good?

If you enjoy a perfect mix of humor, romance, and mystery, and if you like to see an underdog succeed, you will love this unique cozy romantic comedy mystery.
NO GRAPHIC VIOLENCE, SEX, OR STRONG LANGUAGE.

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Reblog: How to Choose your Main Character


Holly Smith

Image by Dim Hou (unsplash)

As a writer, I find almost everyone I meet can become inspiration for a character in my writing which then leads to an abundance of ideas for characters. So which one do you choose as your main character for your writing?

Here are some of my tips and tricks for figuring out who your main character should be.

  1. Which Character is the most interesting to you?

Out of all your characters which one are you drawn to the most? Who seems to have the best characteristics that would inspire you to write more? I find it much easier to write a story when I actually like my main character vs writing about a character that just seems to fit the quid pro quo of this season.

2.Who are you writing for?

If you are writing for a specific genre then really take the time…

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Reblog: The three-step process for successful self-editing #amwriting


Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Last week I was asked about my self-editing/revision process. I do have a method that works for me, but it’s time-consuming. There is no magic bullet for this.

toolsIn some ways, novels are machines. Internally, each book is comprised of many essential components. If one element fails, the story won’t work the way I envision it.

So, what are these parts?

  • Characterization,
  • Dialogue,
  • Mechanics (grammar/punctuation),
  • Pacing,
  • Plot,
  • Prose,
  • Theme,
  • Transitions.

I began this journey knowing nothing about how a novel is constructed internally. I wanted to write stories, but they never came out the way I saw them in my head.

Plot-exists-to-reveal-characterSo, realizing I knew nothing was the first positive thing I did for myself. I made it my business to learn all I could, even though I will never achieve perfection.

Writing is a craft where the bar is raised with every success. Each achievement you make pushes the…

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